The summer of speed flies on, and this weekend it could make rally history.
When the winning fantasy player wins with a roster that includes two zeros you know it was a rough event, and that was definitely the case in Poland. Attrition hit the favorites hard, with two of the three most selected drivers (Latvala and Tanak) failing to score points. Oregonwings managed to win the round by correctly guessing the podium and the power stage winner, bumping himself up into the top 5 in the championship. Meanwhile Marric still leads, though WRC541 did manage to take a few points out of him.
And now for Finland. Finland is the fastest event in the WRC, boasting nine of the ten fastest rallies in series history, including last year’s which had a record-setting average speed of 126.6 kph (78.7 mph). This year’s event, paired with the newer, faster WRC cars, has the potential to absolutely shatter that record. Ogier, Meeke, and Latvala have all won here, though other drivers, including Tanak, Breen, Neuville, and Ostberg have shown strong pace. And then there’s Suninen and Lappi, both of whom have been incredibly impressive in their first events in a WRC car, and both of whom call these Finnish roads home.
So, much like Rally Finland let’s make this quick. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to read the updated rules (in case you haven’t heard, you can now pick up to two drivers per team!). Here’s the official Entry List, and the current fantasy points spreadsheet. And while you’re at it, you can also look at the driver’s data and statistics here.
M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM - FORD FIESTA RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) - Avg last 10 rounds: 18.1 - Avg Finland: 14.6
Ott Tanak (EST) - Avg last 10 rounds: 12.1 - Avg Finland: 4.5
Elfyn Evans (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.6 - Avg Finland: 3.0
HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT - HYUNDAI i20 COUPE WRC
Hayden Paddon (NZL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 7.4 - Avg Finland: 4.7
Theirry Neuville (BEL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 15.3 - Avg Finland: 6.8
Dani Sordo (ESP) - Avg last 10 rounds: 9.2 - Avg Finland: 6.3
CITROEN TOTAL ABU DHABI WORLD RALLY TEAM - CITROEN C3 WRC
Kris Meeke (GBR) - Avg last 10 rounds: 3.5 - Avg Finland: 8.0
Craig Breen (IRL) - Avg last 10 rounds: 6.6 - Avg Finland: 7.5
Khalid Al-Qassimi (UAE) - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.9 - Avg Finland: 0.3
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING WRC - TOYOTA YARIS WRC
Jari Matti Latvala (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 10.1 - Avg Finland: 14.1
Juho Hanninen (FIN) - Avg last 10 rounds: 4.3 - Avg Finland: 5.3
Esapekka Lappi (FIN) - Avg last 3 rounds: 4.3 - Avg Finland: N/A
SINGLE CAR TEAMS AND INDEPENDENTS:
Mads Ostberg (NOR) - FORD - Avg last 10 rounds: 5.0 - Avg Finland: 6.6
Teemu Suninen (SWE) - FORD - Avg last 1 rounds: 8.0 - Avg Finland: N/A
*Valeriy Gorban* (UKR) - MINI - Avg last 10 rounds: 0.0 - Avg Finland: 0.0
*Jean-Michel Raoux* (FRA) - CITROEN - Avg last 4 rounds: 0.0 - Avg Finland: N/A